More Belgians grassing to the taxman

More and more Belgians are informing on their fellow countrymen. During the first seven months of the year over 1,600 Belgians contacted the Belgian tax authorities to inform on somebody.

The figure is up 500 on the same period last year. In most cases people inform on somebody that they are well aquainted with. The Belgian taxman investigates each and every case of alleged fraud twice, but the information provided doesn't always prove to be very useful.

The Belgian Finance Ministry doesn't possess one central contact point and fraud allegations arrive at all departments. Informants can remain anonymous and in one in three cases this is what happens.

The Finance Ministry has no explanation for the rise in the number of fraud allegations formulated with regard to people and businesses. It stresses that it hasn't taken any action in order to encourage members of the public to take this line of action.